The Dark Hunter series is loosely based on Greek mythology. Artemis is the goddess who makes the Dark Hunters: nocturnal warriors who protect humanity from demons and other dangerous creatures. Nick Gautier is hanging with the wrong crowd one night when he realizes that his so-called friends are planning to mug an elderly couple. Nick tries to help the couple, and his friends shoot him and leave him for dead. Dark Hunter Kyrian saves his life, and pays for his hospitalization. Nick soon becomes Kyrian's squire to reimburse him for his hospital bills. Nick soon discovers that the world isn't as it seems: There are demons, demigods, vampires, shape-shifters, and Dark Hunters attempting to keep everyone in line. Nick also discovers that he is actually half demon, a Malachai whose destiny is to destroy the world and everyone in it.
That is a lot of pressure for a fourteen year old.
In each book, Nick learns more about his developing powers and his dual nature. He is such a complex character, and my heart breaks for him in every single book. In the first book, Nick struggles to survive as his classmates are turning into flesh-eating zombies from watching a video game. In Book Two, he faces a sadistic football coach who demands Nick steal personal items from classmates in order to possess and control them. In Book Three demons who want Nick to embrace his dark side have found him, and he must learn to fight them. Plus a miserable human is posting horrible lies and photoshopped images on the internet about the kids at Nick's high school.
Going to school, getting good grades, and staying out of trouble becomes increasingly difficult for Nick.
I can certainly understand how young adults would love this series. I love Nick, and I so badly want him to remain the good, sweet soul he is now, the son who is so good to his mother, the friend who is loyal, and the squire who works hard to serve his Dark Hunter. I cannot wait until Book 4 is released!